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Sunday
, May 19, 2002
 Books

Policy not inspired by nationalism
M.S.N. Menon
India's Foreign Policy and its Neighbours
by J. N. Dixit. Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi. Pages 363. Rs. 540
I MUST confess that I am outraged, first, by the title of the book, and, then, because it is a compilation of newspaper articles. The author is not to be blamed for both. He has spent a life dealing with India's foreign relations. One, therefore, expected much from his writings. But, how is one to relish a book when there are publisher's mistakes on almost every page?

Books
received

The other side of silence
Rumina Sethi

You have to Scream with Your Mouth Shut: Violence in the Home
by Karina Colgan. Marino, Dublin. Pages 190. £ 7.99.
ĎHE went to the cupboard, took out the hammer and came back to the table. Then he calmly asked me which two fingers I wanted broken. I thought that he was just trying to frighten me but soon I realised that he wasn't. He said that I had 10 seconds to decide and that if I didn't tell him he was going to break every one of my fingers.

Good literature transcends man-made barriers
Jaswant Singh

Urdu Stories
edited by Rakhshanda Jalil; Srishti Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi Pages 214. Rs 195.

THE mention of Urdu literature brings to mind Urdu poetry, particularly the ghazal, and names like Mir, Ghalib, Zauk, Jigar, Josh, Faiz and many others flash across the mind. Urdu prose, particularly Urdu short story, developed mainly by the turn of the 20th century.

 


As seen from Saddamís perspective
Harbans Singh
Iraq: A Heroic Resistance
by Bhim Singh: Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi. Rs 495.
Pages 272
THERE is much to admire and know about the people and leadership of a country that has stood up to the pressure of the only power of the world for more than a decade.

Tales make a telling difference
Chanchal Narang
The Wise Monkey and Other Animal Stories
by Geeta Ramanujam (Illustrations by Ajanta Guhathakurta) Puffin by Penguin, New Delhi. Pages 112. Rs. 199
THERE are very few people who have the attitude, aptitude and acumen to suggest positive and productive changes in the matters that they choose to criticise.

We could do with some education, indeed
Arun Gaur
Indian Education at Cross Road
by Ramnath Sharma, Shubhi Publications, 272, Rs 795

WHEN hegemonic designs prompted the British to impose a centralised administrative structure (that included their own gradually modified system of education) over India, one of the unexpected offshoots (for the British) was the rise of nationalism that eventually worked against vested imperial interests.

A critique of mental health issues that affect women
Uma Vasudeva
Mental Health from a Gender Perspective,
edited by Bhargavi V. Davar, Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pages 427, Price Rs 595.

EARLIER the concept of 'gender and mental health' had not been known till the early nineties. However it became audible in many professional and feminist circles by the year 1995. The awareness of the need for mental health for women became more pronounced subsequently.

A sensuous story set in the hills
Padam Ahlawat
Wild Flower
by Avinash Prem. Vale Publications, New Delhi. Pages 243. Rs 250.
THE author, Avinash Prem belongs to Himachal Pradesh, and now lives in Shimla. The former Brigadier of the Indian Army has to his credit an earlier work of non-fiction, India ó A soldierís view. In the book under review, the soldier writes a sensuous story set in the remote tribal area of Kinnaur.

BOOK EXTRACT
Family Matters
A
SPLASH of light from the late-afternoon sun lingered at the foot of Narimanís bed as he ended his nap and looked towards the clock. It was almost six. He glanced down where the warm patch had lured his toes. Knurled and twisted, rendered birdlike by age, they luxuriated in the sunís comfort. His eyes fell shut again.